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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/5/2022

The Carolina Hurricanes takes on the Buffalo Sabres on 4/5/2022 at 06:05 PM.

Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres face off today. The Carolina Hurricanes has a record of 45.0-16.0 this season. The Buffalo Sabres is 25.0-34.0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Carolina Hurricanes Team Defense Preview




They give up 1.9 goals per game in even strength situations and this puts them among the best in the NHL. Opponents shoot 0.4 shots per game in power play situations per game against them, which is among the lowest in the NHL. Opponents force Carolina Hurricanes into 3.4 penalty kill situations per game, which means they may be too aggressive or wrongfully aggressive. They have a penalty kill rate of 88.14%, which is strong.

Opponents take 28.6 shots per game regardless of situation, they actively fluster opponents and are among the best in the NHL… and their opponents are not getting the best shot quality.

Carolina Hurricanes Team Offense Preview

They score 2.6 goals per game in even strength situations. This is an average NHL offense. They score 0.7 goals per game in power play situations. They are average in power play situations, nothing special here. Thus far, they have had 2.9 power play opportunities per game this season. This means that they score on 24.0% of their shots on the power play.

They take 33.8 shots per game regardless of situation and they are average in their shot quality.

Buffalo Sabres Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations, they are below average on the defensive end. Opponents shoot 0.6 shots per game in power play situations per game against them, which is among the lowest in the NHL. Opponents force Buffalo Sabres into 2.5 penalty kill situations per game, which puts them among the best in the NHL. They have a penalty kill rate of 75.14%, which is below average.

Opponents take 33.6 shots per game regardless of situation, this needs to be corrected now and they are below average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Buffalo Sabres Team Offense Preview




They score 2.1 goals per game in even strength situations. They have a below average offense by NHL standards. They score 0.5 goals per game in power play situations and they would be considered below average with an advantage. Thus far, they have had 2.6 power play opportunities per game this season and that places them among the worst at getting power play opportunities. This means that they score on 20.54% of their shots on the power play, they would be considered mediocre in these situations.

They take 29.8 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and the shots taken are less likely to find the net than most NHL teams.

The Carolina Hurricanes Roster

The Players to Watch for Carolina Hurricanes

Jaccob Slavin D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 24.0 this season, his team is better with him on the ice. He has scored 3 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 34 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 37 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 2.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Brady Skjei D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 17.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 8 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 21 assists this season. This puts him at 29 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 5.1% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Sebastian Aho F

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 16.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 31 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 38 assists this season, he is a strong distributor. This puts him at 69 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the NHL. He makes 16.4% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





The Buffalo Sabres Roster

The Players to Watch for Buffalo Sabres

Rasmus Dahlin D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -20.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 9 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 34 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 43 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 6.2% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Tage Thompson C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -16.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 31 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 23 assists this season. This puts him at 54 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 14.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Jeff Skinner LW

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -12.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 28 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 22 assists this season. This puts him at 50 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 12.7% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes 1 Buffalo Sabres 2

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